From the sublime (Norman Cook) to the ridiculous (Paris Hilton), the list of pop stars who have made the decision to start spinning records instead of creating them is endless. But with the exception of Radio 1’s Zane Lowe, who has released three albums with acoustic hip-hop trio Breaks Co-Op, the number of DJs successfully making the complete opposite transition is virtually non-existent.
Formerly the host of Australian youth station FBI’s midweek lunchtime slot, Anna Lunoe now seems poised to change all that, thanks to a smooth and elegant sound which adds a sun-kissed melodic edge to the vintage house music of the late 80s/early 90s.
Born in Sydney, Lunoe became obsessed with rave culture from a young age, and after honing her production skills during her radio days, she mixed fashion show soundtracks for Louis Vuitton, Fendi and Hugo Boss; released “Love Ting,” a glossy nu-disco collaboration with fellow Aussie Wax Motif in 2011; and became the first female to curate CDs for the Ministry of Sound label.
Hooking up with chart-topping producer Flume, Lunoe then added “vocalist” to her list of talents on the tropical disco of “I Met You” and also worked with Touch Sensation on the Italo house throwback, “Real Talk,” before moving to Los Angeles where she played alongside the likes of Diplo, Calvin Harris and Switch and signed a deal with Ultra Music.
Kick-starting this year by offering a free download of dreamy chillout number “Empty Girl,” Anna Lunoe has since toured the U.S. with New South Wales dance duo Bag Raiders and R&B miserablist The Weeknd, performed at the Ultra Music Festival and recorded a cover of Suzanne Vega’s “Tom’s Diner” with Sydney duo Wordlife.
But it’s her recently unveiled first official solo single “Breathe,” a hypnotic salute to old-school house based on a sample of John Rocca’s underground classic “Move,” which has firmly established Anna Lunoe as one of the most exciting new female artists on the club scene.